You can receive a free COVID-19 vaccine if:
- you’re aged 16 or over
- you’re at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- you have a learning disability
- you’re a frontline health or social care worker
- you get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you’re a carer
Booking your second dose
If you have your first dose through your GP surgery, you’ll be contacted when it’s time to book your second dose.
If you book online, you’ll need to book appointments for both doses. You can manage your COVID-19 vaccination appointments to view your appointments and rebook if you need to.
Find out more about who can get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Vaccination of healthy 12 to 15-year-olds
In line with the DHSC’s decision on Monday 13 September, the NHS has written to organisations that provide school-age immunisation services (‘SAIS’ providers), setting out what they must do to make sure all children aged 12 to 15 are offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination before the October half-term break. This letter confirms that vaccination in schools should begin from Wednesday 22 September, with most school visits completed and children vaccinated before the half-term break.
Parents or guardians of children aged 12-15 will begin to receive letters from their local school-aged immunisation service provider during the next week, with details of when the vaccination will be offered. For most children, this will be through a session at their school.
They will also be asked to provide consent for their child to receive the vaccination, either through an online or a paper form.
Parents or guardians do not need to contact their local GP or other NHS services, nor make an appointment through the National Booking Service. SAIS providers will put in place processes to exclude children that have already received a first dose under previous JCVI advice.
At this time, CMOs advise that 12-15 year olds should be offered a first dose only, which will be of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine, the only vaccine currently authorised for those aged 12-15.
The recommendation for those aged 12-15 at greater risk of serious COVID-19, or who are household contacts of severely immunosuppressed individuals, remains that they be offered two. Those that have specific immunosuppressive condition as set out in JCVI guidance should have three doses in their primary schedule.
The vaccine is safe, quick and effective. It does not give people the COVID-19 virus and does not contain any animal products.
This group are the latest to become eligible for the life-saving jab. More than 88% of adults aged over 18 have had both doses, and more than 56% of 16- and 17-year-olds have now received a first dose (matching JCVI’s current recommendation) since this group were invited in mid-August. With the number of sites available to 16- and 17-year-olds growing all the time, it has never been easier for people in that age group to get a jab at a time and place convenient for them.
Children do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated.
This year, the school aged flu vaccine has also been extended so that as well as children in primary school and year 7, it will now be offered to those in years 8 to 11.
So most secondary school aged children will be eligible for both flu and COVID-19 vaccinations this winter, to protect themselves and those around them. We hope that as many as possible will come forward to get both vaccinations when they are invited.